Slowly I Turn, Step by Step, Inch by Inch
Is our belief stronger than our unbelief? By what device do we measure the amount, quality, depth or degree of our belief? The book of Mark, chapter nine and verses 22-24, talks about a father who admits he believes, but needs help to overcome his unbelief.
Verse 21. “Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?" “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
If our belief or faith is measured by tests, hardships and challenges we’ve endured in life: what happens if we should suffer something new, something we have never before struggled with; would it be safe to say there could be some unbelief that we need help with?
If we are sincere when sharing our feelings with others on how strongly we believe in God’s grace, mercy and goodness, do we consider, perhaps by chance, there could be some weakness in our belief? Where does unbelief come from? We know we are trichotomy beings; we are a spirit that has a soul that lives in the body, right? Where would our unbelief come from, would it come from the spirit or would it come from the soul? In Psalms 43 verse 5 David asked his soul, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." The New Living Translation say, “Why am I discouraged Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again my Savior and my God!"
If our soul is the seat of our emotions perhaps we should do like David and demand our soul to put hope in God and Praise God because our spirit believes, perhaps it is our emotions that cause the unbelief.
When we are challenged to overcome unbelief we must encourage ourselves in the Lord! Trusting in God is a step by step journey. Someone very dear to me once said, that trusting in God
was an inch by inch journey. Nevertheless, it is a journey and the journey is full of changes and challenges even unto the end. Whenever there are changes those changes will challenge us to trust God even unto the end.
Sometimes our most painful struggles can gift us some necessary growth. Sometimes a new person can emerge from the very thing that nearly killed us. Sometimes our darkest hour can lead us to the brightest places. Sometimes what seems like the very end of the road can place us on a very rewarding path.
When we feel doubt, when our soul feels like God has cast us off, while our soul struggles with unbelief let us remember the prayer of grace that father so humbly requested of Jesus in Mark 9, “Lord help me with my unbelief," and let us not forget the courage that David showed in demanding his soul to put hope in God and praise him in spite of our weakness.
Earl Washington singing "All My Trials"